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Pages from the Past

by Sue Ballew

120 Years Ago

The Reno Gazette has this to say of Mackay: Whether in Paris, London, New York or San Francisco, Mackay’s standing has been such that no Nevadan need to blush on account of it. He has always been welcomed back here as a worthy fellow citizen.

100 Years Ago

Advertisement: “The Park Hotel, formerly the Ormsby House is headquarters for commercial travelers. Free bus to all trains. Telephone, electric lights, meals 25 cents, J. Rochon, prop., Carson City, Nevada”

70 Years Ago

Three are granted citizenship papers by Judge Norcross: Domenico Pierini of Carson City, Jessie May Hauser of Glenbrook and Clara Guffra of Virginia City.

50 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. George Blakesley, owners of Rinckle Mansion, celebrated Constitution week by carrying out a tradition of her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Rinckle, by inserting into a large potato a number of small colonial flags with 13 stars, and hanging it on their front porch. It was in l876 when the Rinckel Mansion was being built and the furnishings had not yet arrived form Paris that the Rinckels decided to attend the Centennial in Philadelphia.

20 Years Ago

Nevada continues to have a significant increase in geothermal exploration according to Bureau of Land Management officials. Nevada currently products enough geothermal electricity to serve the domestic needs of more than 25,000 people.

10 Years Ago

Photo caption: Don Jordan, of Concord, California, sets up his metal sculpture at Mormon State Park, Genoa in anticipation of Genoa’s Candy Dance. This is the 77th annual event which began as a fundraiser to pay for street lights in 1919.

• Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.